Black History Month is a time when communities across the nation celebrate the of achievements by Black Americans and recognize the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Black History Month started as “Negro History Week,” in 1926, conceived by Carter G. Woodson, an influential African American historian, educator and scholar. In 1976, it became a month-long national observance. February was selected as the official month to include the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.
Traditionally, Black History Month focuses on experiences of Black people and leaders in the United States. However for North Carolina State University’s 2019 celebration we want to create space to honor the legacies, histories and contributions of Black people across the Diaspora. From triumphs and hardships collective resiliency and community interconnectedness this years theme of “Our Wings Still Fly: the Beauty and the Burden of Blackness” symbolizes the social injustices faced by people of the diaspora. Yet, through an understanding of the burdens of Blackness we are able to celebrate and embrace the multiple dimensions of prosperity.
Through the celebration of this theme, we will be exploring
- The hardships and triumphs of Blackness
- The contributions and resilience of black people
- Global diaspora of blackness
All programming featured on this calendar during the month embodies the theme via art, speakers, discussion, film screenings and educational events.